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From Denny: It's the weekend and time to relax, take a moment to pause, make life easy, and drink a smoothie to help the process!
The food staff over at Atlanta Journal-Constitution adapted this recipe from Cook's Country Magazine, part of the Cook's Illustrated magazine group. This is a healthy yet chocolate recipe! Does life get any better? :)
Notes from the food staff: "This was tested with Stonyfield Farm brand nonfat plain or vanilla yogurt. They make two snack-size servings or 1 meal replacement size drink. If you like your smoothies sweeter, use vanilla yogurt, or add a tablespoon or two of honey to plain yogurt. If you like them more tart, substitute plain yogurt for vanilla.
For creamier texture, upgrade to low-fat yogurt, knowing you'll add calories. Use only 100 percent juice; don't use any with added sweeteners. You can substitute fresh fruit for frozen, but make sure it's cold. If possible, put it in the freezer for 20 minutes before using."
Hands on time: 5 minutes
Total time: 5 minutes
1 cup frozen cherries
1 ripe banana, cut in thirds
3/4 cup nonfat plain yogurt
1/4 cup apple juice
2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
In a blender, combine cherries, banana, yogurt, apple juice and chocolate syrup, and process until thoroughly blended and smooth.
Per serving: 272 calories (percent of calories from fat, 2), 7 grams protein, 64 grams carbohydrates, 4 grams fiber, 1 gram fat (trace saturated fat), 2 milligrams cholesterol, 78 milligrams sodium.